Romeo and Juliet

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Hope Springs Eternal

The love between Juliet and her Romeo is an epiphany. Perfect. Euphoric in that shiny, first-love fashion. But the world beyond the balcony is not nearly so warm, as familial war games play out with bloody abandon. These two have plans to rise above it all. We hold our collective breath and hope they succeed. The love story by which all others are measured, Romeo and Juliet exudes poetry, bliss and unabashed heartbreak - a story that means more with every encounter; the greatest of its (or perhaps any) kind.

 

Summary

Romeo is looking for some distraction when he and his friends decide to crash a Capulet ball. There he meets Juliet and the two instantly fall in love. But when her hot-blooded cousin Tybalt finds out there were Montagues at the family party, he becomes furious in a way that can only end in bloodshed; setting in motion a chain of events that will leave a trail of blood and broken hearts in one of Shakespeare's most renowned tragedies.

Run time: 3 hours, including one 20-minute intermission.

Voice & Text Coach Gigi Buffington
Costume Design Rachel Anne Healy
Scenic Design Takeshi Kata
Lighting Design Michael A. Peterson
Sound Design & Original Music Josh Schmidt
Fight Director Matt Hawkins
Choreographer Linda Fortunato**
Stage manager Sarah Deming-Henes*

Cast

Escalus, Prince of Verona James Pickering*
Mercutio, friend of Romeo and kinsman of the Prince Nate Burger
Paris, suitor of Juliet Matt Schwader*
Montague, head of a Veronese family at feud with Capulets John Taylor Phillips*
Lady Montague Anne E. Thompson
Romeo, son of Montague Christopher Sheard
Benvolio, friend of Romeo Jeb Burris*
Abram, servant of the Montagues Cordell Cole
Balthasar, servant of the Montagues Chris Klopatek
Capulet, head of a Veronese family at feud with Montagues James Ridge*
Lady Capulet Tracy Michelle Arnold*
Juliet, daughter of Capulet Melisa Pereyra*
Tybalt, nephew of Lord & Lady Capulet Eric Parks*
Nurse of Juliet Colleen Madden*
Friar John Robert R. Doyle
Peter, servant of the Capulets Marco Lama
Sampson, servant of the Capulets Jake Penner
Gregory, servant of Capulets Tim Gittings
Friar Laurence John Pribyl*
An Apothecary Abbey Siegworth*
Guard Brendan Meyer
Gentlewoman Victoria Nassif

* Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers
** Member of Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, an Independent Labor Union
Member of United Scenic Artists

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By Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, July 7, 2014.

Juliet shines sun-bright in American Players' earthy, energetic view of Shakespeare tragedy
By Lawrence B. Johnson, Chicago on the Aisle, July 2, 2014.

Swathed in moonlight, American Players Theatre's 'Romeo and Juliet' enchants with passion, humor and tragedy
By Katie Reiser, The Isthmus, June 30, 2014.

Doomed teen love drives APT's heady heartsick 'Romeo and Juliet'
By Lindsay Christians, 77 Square, Monday, June 30, 2014

Stunning APT production shows off a spunky Juliet
By Dave Begel, OnMilwaukee.com, June 29, 2014.

 

 


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